BEIJING– Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) 2018 Beijing Summit on Sept 3, says State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The speech will expound China’s new ideas on strengthening relations with Africa, and unveil new measures for China’s pragmatic co-operation with Africa, Wang told a media conference on FOCAC 2018 here Wednesday.

The summit is scheduled for Sept 3 and 4 in Beijing. Various African leaders and the Chairman of the African Union (AU), Rwandan President Paul Kagame, will attend the summit, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, as the special guest and 27 international and African groups as observers, he added.

This summit will be a significant diplomatic event hosted by China this year and attended by the largest number of foreign leaders, Wang said.

Xi and some African leaders will attend and deliver speeches during the opening ceremony of the High-Level Dialogue of China-Africa Leaders and Business Representatives, and the 6th China-Africa Business Forum, on the morning of Sept 3.

On Sept 4, Xi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will separately chair the two rounds of discussion. Both Chinese and African leaders will exchange ideas on China-Africa relations and international and regional issues of common concern, according to Wang.

Xi will also invite foreign delegates to a welcoming banquet and a performance, and will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders during the summit, Wang added.

Established 18 years ago, FOCAC has achieved fruitful results and has become a significant mark of China-Africa co-operation. It also serves as the mechanism leading international co-operation with Africa and promoting South-South co-operation, the foreign minister said.

The summit aims to build closer China-Africa community of shared future, further dovetail China’s Belt and Road Initiative with African development, set a new path for a higher level of China-Africa co-operation, and deepen people-to-people exchanges, Wang said.

“We believe that with the joint efforts of China and Africa, the Beijing summit will be a great success and establish a new historical monument of China-Africa friendly co-operation,” Wang said.